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Joy as Spanish nurse Teresa Romero 'overcomes Ebola'

Joy as Spanish nurse Teresa Romero 'overcomes Ebola'
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Spanish nurse Teresa Romero appears to be Ebola-free after testing negative for the deadly virus, following treatment with an experimental drug and serum containing antibodies from Ebola survivors.

The results of a second test to give her the all-clear are expected shortly.

Romero was the first person to contract the virus outside of West Africa after treating patients who had returned from Sierra Leone.

Her husband Javier Limon, in isolation in a Madrid hospital, released a statement saying: “I feel very happy because Teresa has overcome the illness. In this difficult moment that we are going through, especially her… I have chosen to spend all these days alone focusing all my forces and all my energy on her recovery.”

He is among 15 people who remain in isolation in a Madrid hospital. So far none have exhibited symptoms of the disease. He joined healthcare unions in criticising what they believed to be the government’s poor handling of the Ebola crisis.